Online Class

Tropical Sugar Flowers

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Expand your sugar-flower offerings into tropical horizons. Learn Alan Dunn's expert techniques for creating sprays of bauhinia, hibiscus and gardenia flowers.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alan Dunn
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Discover an oasis of vibrant sugar flowers and alluring accoutrements with master sugar artist Alan Dunn. Create a breathtaking bauhinia complete with a beautiful bud and hearts entangled foliage. Bring a romantic hibiscus flower to life with eye-catching dimension and complete the look with a realistic bud, exotic berries and heart-shaped leaves. Finally, make an elegant gardenia spray set off with a matching bud, leaves and two styles of succulents that add sophisticated movement to your arrangements. Travel beyond ordinary sugar flowers and give any celebration a window into paradise.

Lesson Breakdown

1. The Bauhinia: Making the Flower
Meet your instructor, cake artist Alan Dunn, and get started making your first tropical flower! Form and color delicate stamens and a pistil, then create the five wired petals that make up the bauhinia. Learn how to roll a ridge for a wired petal by hand and discover Alan's technique for thinning petals with a ball tool. Finally, color and assemble your petals to create this botanically realistic beauty!
2. The Bauhinia: Fillers & Arranging the Spray
3. The Hibiscus: Making the Flower
4. The Hibiscus: Fillers & Arranging the Spray
5. The Gardenia: Making the Flower
6. The Gardenia: Fillers & Arranging the Spray

Taught by

Alan Dunn
Alan Dunn
Alan's interest in sugar flowers began from reading books and apprenticing with the British Sugarcraft Guild. By age 17, he was leading sugar-flower classes. He has since taught throughout the U.K., North America and across the globe. Alan is the author of 12 books on sugar flowers, including Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes. He contributes regularly to industry publications such as Cakes & Sugarcraft, Cake Decoration Monthly and American Cake Decorating.

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